Symphonies
Bruckner 5 · Dvořák 7 · Beethoven 6 · Mahler 9
 

Oper
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Rachmaninoff Francesca da Rimini

Discoveries
Wolfgang Rihm
Miroslav Srnka
Sofia Gubaidulina

Soloists
Vilde Frang
Daniil Trifonov
Frank Peter Zimmerman

Kirill Petrenko | Picture: Stephan Rabold

The Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko are continually expanding their repertoire together – this season, for example, with symphonies by Beethoven, Bruckner, Dvořák and Mahler. Music by Sergei Rachmaninov, with which Kirill Petrenko has been closely acquainted since his childhood, will be heard twice. In addition to the established greats of the repertoire, there will be auditory adventures with such composers as Miroslav Srnka, Sofia Gubaidulina and Wolfgang Rihm. Finally, a staging of Puccini’s ever-popular Madama Butterfly brings a tragic verismo opera to the orchestra’s playbook.

Great symphonic music is at the beginning and end of Kirill Petrenko’s concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker during the 2024/25 season. In between, an arc extends from Viennese Classicism to the present, focussing on the chief conductor’s programming over the years: orchestral works from the Austro-German tradition, music from the Slavic repertoire, compositions from the 20th and 21st centuries and opera.

Anton Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony will be heard at the season opening and on three evenings in September; Kirill Petrenko conducts a work by this composer with the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time. Symphonic music from the DNA of the Berliner Philharmoniker – by Ludwig van Beethoven (“Pastoral”), Johannes Brahms (the Second Piano Concerto, with Daniil Trifonov) and Antonín Dvořák (the Seventh Symphony) – is spread over the season. Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, a composer from Kirill Petrenko’s native country, that has been familiar to him since his childhood will be presented on two programmes: first, the tone poem The Isle of the Dead, which he now also wants to play before an audience after a performance during the lockdown, and second, a concert performance of the one-act opera Francesca da Rimini. More Russian music will be heard with Sofia Gubaidulina’s apocalyptic spiritual work The Wrath of God.

Modernist music is featured often on Kirill Petrenko’s programmes, ranging from its beginnings to the present day. Creative mavericks of the 20th century will be heard – including the violin concertos by Edward Elgar (with Frank Peter Zimmermann) and Erich Wolfgang Korngold (with Vilde Frang). The latter work, composed in American exile, was a curiosity since it is filled with melodies and motifs from Korngold’s Oscar-winning film scores. Jean Sibelius is another unconventional figure of the 20th century; in his Lemminkäinen Suite he depicts the adventures of the not at all heroic hero of the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala. The most recent music includes Miroslav Srnka’s composition Superorganisms – a commissioned work that will be heard as a German premiere during the Biennale Paradise Lost? On the Threat to Nature. Also on Kirill Petrenko’s schedule for the season is the epochal work IN-SCHRIFT by this year’s Composer in Residence, Wolfgang Rihm.

As an acclaimed opera conductor, Kirill Petrenko is of course especially sought-after at the Easter Festival, whose new production will be presented in concert at the Philharmonie Berlin after the staged performances in Baden-Baden; Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is on the agenda this year. Kirill Petrenko will devote his last concert of the season to Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, which he not only regards as the composer’s “musical testament” but above all as a “visionary work”, whose influence as the “prototype for Modernist music” is perceptible to this day.

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Season-opener

Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

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Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by
Wolfgang Rihm and Anton Bruckner

Wolfgang Rihm
IN-SCHRIFT

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Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

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Musikfest Berlin
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Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by
Wolfgang Rihm and Anton Bruckner

Wolfgang Rihm
IN-SCHRIFT

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Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

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Musikfest Berlin
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Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by
Wolfgang Rihm and Anton Bruckner

Wolfgang Rihm
IN-SCHRIFT

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Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Kirill Petrenko with microphone in front of the orchestra

Education
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Family concert: “Má Vlast” (My Homeland)

Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor and co-presentation

Works by
Bedřich Smetana

Bedřich Smetana
Má Vlast (My Country): No. 2 River Moldau

Bedřich Smetana
Má vlast (My Homeland): Vyšehrad (Excerpts)

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Vilde Frang mit Geige

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Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Vilde Frang violin

Works by
Sergei Rachmaninoff, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Antonín Dvořák

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Isle of the Dead, Symphonic Poem, op. 29

Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 35

Vilde Frang violin

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Antonín Dvořák
Symphony No. 7 in D minor, op. 70

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Vilde Frang mit Geige

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Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Vilde Frang violin

Works by
Sergei Rachmaninoff, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Antonín Dvořák

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Isle of the Dead, Symphonic Poem, op. 29

Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 35

Vilde Frang violin

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Antonín Dvořák
Symphony No. 7 in D minor, op. 70

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Vilde Frang mit Geige

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Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Vilde Frang violin

Works by
Sergei Rachmaninoff, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Antonín Dvořák

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Isle of the Dead, Symphonic Poem, op. 29

Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 35

Vilde Frang violin

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Antonín Dvořák
Symphony No. 7 in D minor, op. 70

Kirill Petrenko

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New Year’s Eve concert

Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Daniil Trifonov piano

Works by
Johannes Brahms and Richard Strauss

Johannes Brahms
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in B flat major, op. 83

Daniil Trifonov piano

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Richard Strauss
Der Rosenkavalier, op. 59: Waltz Suite

Richard Strauss
Salome, op. 54: Dance of the seven veils

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Kirill Petrenko

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New Year’s Eve concert

Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Daniil Trifonov piano

Works by
Johannes Brahms and Richard Strauss

Johannes Brahms
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in B flat major, op. 83

Daniil Trifonov piano

Interval

Richard Strauss
Der Rosenkavalier, op. 59: Waltz Suite

Richard Strauss
Salome, op. 54: Dance of the seven veils

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Kirill Petrenko

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New Year’s Eve concert

Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Daniil Trifonov piano

Works by
Johannes Brahms and Richard Strauss

Johannes Brahms
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in B flat major, op. 83

Daniil Trifonov piano

Interval

Richard Strauss
Der Rosenkavalier, op. 59: Waltz Suite

Richard Strauss
Salome, op. 54: Dance of the seven veils

Kirill Petrenko

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Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Galina Cheplakova soprano (Francesca)
Dmytro Popov tenor (Paolo Malatesta)
Dmitry Golovnin tenor (Dante Alighieri)
Vladislav Sulimsky baritone (Lanceotto Malatesta)
Ilia Kazakov bass (Ghost of Vergil)
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Gijs Leenaars chorus master

Works by
Sofia Gubaidulina and Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sofia Gubaidulina
The wrath of God

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Sergei Rachmaninoff
Francesca da Rimini, op. 25

Galina Cheplakova soprano, Dmytro Popov tenor, Dmitry Golovnin tenor, Vladislav Sulimsky baritone, Ilia Kazakov bass, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

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Kirill Petrenko

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Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Galina Cheplakova soprano (Francesca)
Dmytro Popov tenor (Paolo Malatesta)
Dmitry Golovnin tenor (Dante Alighieri)
Vladislav Sulimsky baritone (Lanceotto Malatesta)
Ilia Kazakov bass (Ghost of Vergil)
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Gijs Leenaars chorus master

Works by
Sofia Gubaidulina and Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sofia Gubaidulina
The wrath of God

Interval

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Francesca da Rimini, op. 25

Galina Cheplakova soprano, Dmytro Popov tenor, Dmitry Golovnin tenor, Vladislav Sulimsky baritone, Ilia Kazakov bass, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

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Kirill Petrenko

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Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Galina Cheplakova soprano (Francesca)
Dmytro Popov tenor (Paolo Malatesta)
Dmitry Golovnin tenor (Dante Alighieri)
Vladislav Sulimsky baritone (Lanceotto Malatesta)
Ilia Kazakov bass (Ghost of Vergil)
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Gijs Leenaars chorus master

Works by
Sofia Gubaidulina and Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sofia Gubaidulina
The wrath of God

Interval

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Francesca da Rimini, op. 25

Galina Cheplakova soprano, Dmytro Popov tenor, Dmitry Golovnin tenor, Vladislav Sulimsky baritone, Ilia Kazakov bass, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

Frank Peter Zimmermann

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Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Frank Peter Zimmermann violin

Works by
Edward Elgar and Jean Sibelius

Edward Elgar
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in B minor, op. 61

Frank Peter Zimmermann violin

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Jean Sibelius
Lemminkäinen Suite, op. 22

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Frank Peter Zimmermann

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Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Frank Peter Zimmermann violin

Works by
Edward Elgar and Jean Sibelius

Edward Elgar
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in B minor, op. 61

Frank Peter Zimmermann violin

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Jean Sibelius
Lemminkäinen Suite, op. 22

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Frank Peter Zimmermann

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Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Frank Peter Zimmermann violin

Works by
Edward Elgar and Jean Sibelius

Edward Elgar
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in B minor, op. 61

Frank Peter Zimmermann violin

Interval

Jean Sibelius
Lemminkäinen Suite, op. 22

Kirill Petrenko conducting

Biennale of the Berliner Philharmoniker
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Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by
Edgard Varèse, Miroslav Srnka and Ludwig van Beethoven

Edgard Varèse
Arcana for large Orchestra (revised version from 1960)

Miroslav Srnka
Superorganisms, commissioned by Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris

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Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 6 in F major, op. 68 “Pastoral”

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Kirill Petrenko conducting

Biennale of the Berliner Philharmoniker
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Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by
Edgard Varèse, Miroslav Srnka and Ludwig van Beethoven

Edgard Varèse
Arcana for large Orchestra (revised version from 1960)

Miroslav Srnka
Superorganisms, commissioned by Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris

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Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 6 in F major, op. 68 “Pastoral”

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Kirill Petrenko conducting

Biennale of the Berliner Philharmoniker
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Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by
Edgard Varèse, Miroslav Srnka and Ludwig van Beethoven

Edgard Varèse
Arcana for large Orchestra (revised version from 1960)

Miroslav Srnka
Superorganisms, commissioned by Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris

Interval

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 6 in F major, op. 68 “Pastoral”

Family Concert

Education
Biennale of the Berliner Philharmoniker

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Family concert: “Pastorale”

Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor and co-presentation
Tobias Ribitzki stage direction

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 6 in F major, op. 68 “Pastoral”: Excerpts

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Kirill Petrenko

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Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Eleonora Buratto soprano (Cio-Cio-San)
Teresa Iervolino mezzo-soprano (Suzuki)
Jonathan Tetelman tenor (Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton)
Tassis Christoyannis baritone (Sharpless)

Giacomo Puccini
Madama Butterfly

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Kirill Petrenko

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Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Eleonora Buratto soprano (Cio-Cio-San)
Teresa Iervolino mezzo-soprano (Suzuki)
Jonathan Tetelman tenor (Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton)
Tassis Christoyannis baritone (Sharpless)

Giacomo Puccini
Madama Butterfly

Kirill Petrenko

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Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 9

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Kirill Petrenko

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Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 9